It should be no surprise that Gardner is returning for another season with the Yankees. The 36-year-old has spent his entire 12-year career in the Bronx.
Gardner is also coming off one of his best offensive seasons of his big league career. The left-handed hitting outfielder set new career-highs in home runs (28) and RBIs (74).
After playing 140+ games in each of the past seven seasons, Gardner should continue to play a prominent role on the 2020 squad. With Aaron Hicks missing the beginning of the season due to injury, Gardner is likely to start the season as the team’s everyday centerfielder.
Gardner’s veteran leadership will continue to be a valuable asset for the Yankees organization. With some key veteran leaders not returning, Gardner will continue to serve as one of the leaders for a team that is full of young talent.
The reunion with Gardner makes a ton of sense for the Yankees. At this point in his career, it looks as if Gardner has aspirations to finish his career where it started… in the Bronx.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees announced that left-handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley has been designated for assignment.
The New York Yankees announced today that they have re-signed OF Brett Gardner to a one-year contract for the 2020 season with a club option for 2021.
To make room on the 40-man roster, LHP Stephen Tarpley has been designated for assignment.